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Forbes, USA | 2024-06-10

The Golden Years Of The EB5 Investor Immigration Program Are Now

This is the golden age for investor immigration in the United States. That is because there is a special policy that was implemented by the introduction of the Reform and Integrity Act (RIA) of March 15th, 2022 to make it possible for many foreign investors to quickly get green cards under the EB-5 program, the primary route for foreign investors to come to the United States.

CNN Travel, USA | 2024-01-11

The world’s most powerful passports for 2024

Arton Capital’s Passport Index takes into consideration the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories – Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong, Kosovo, the Palestinian territories and the Vatican. Territories annexed to other countries are excluded.

Condé Nast Traveler, USA | 2023-12-14

Kenya Will Be Visa-Free for Travelers From 2024

“In our lifetime we will see more natural, efficient, and non-invasive ways to cross borders, all while being more secure both for the destination and the traveler," says Armand Arton, CEO of Arton Capital and creator of the Passport Index.

Travel + Leisure, India | 2022-12-14

UAE Holds No.1 Position On Arton Capital Passport Index

Arton Capital has published its global passport index 2022 rankings of the most powerful passports in the world. It has named the United Arab Emirates (UAE) visa the best travel document in the world with visa-free access to over 121 countries. The passport holds a visa-on-arrival facility for 59 countries and requires a visa for 89 countries.

CNBC, USA | 2022-12-09

United Arab Emirates is ranked as having the best passport in the world

The United Arab Emirates is ranked as the world’s number one passport to hold in terms of mobility and freedom from travel restrictions, according to the latest publication of the Passport Index, a global ranking by Montreal-based citizenship financial advisory firm Arton Capital.

CNN Travel, USA | 2022-12-09

The world’s most ‘welcoming’ countries of 2022

For the busiest of business travelers, who regularly find themselves called to fly to a string of countries at short notice, up-to-date information on which countries require visas or electronic travel authorizations (eTAs) is essential.

Hotelier, Middle East | 2021-10-10

UAE named most powerful passport

The UAE passport has now been ranked the most powerful passport in the world, according to the latest Passport Index compiled by Arton Capital. As of the start of October, the UAE passport rose four places to top the global rankings with a score of 152 as the world continues to open up after the coronavirus pandemic. Arton Capital’s latest Passport Index also reveals a 14.8 percent rise in the World Openness Score

Stuff, New Zealand | 2021-10-06

New Zealand has the world’s second most powerful passport

Armand Arton, President of Arton Capital, the creators of the Passport Index, said: “To start Q4 with a 14.8 per cent increase in global mobility shows that the world is thankfully opening up once more, and on an encouragingly positive trajectory. We do note, however, that we are still only back to mobility levels first achieved six years ago, so the aftermath of the global shutdown is still very much in play.

Gulf News, UAE | 2021-10-04

UAE passport surges ahead to reclaim world’s most powerful spot

The UAE passport has surged ahead to regain its top spot in the latest ‘Passport Index’ of 199 countries released on Monday. Based on a mobility score (MS) that totals the number of visa-free or visa-on-arrival countries a passport currently grants the holder, the index also notes COVID-19-related restrictions that are changing by the day. The average global mobility score across all 199 states measured by the index is 89, based on a total of visa-free or visa-on-arrival access provided.

Thrillist, USA | 2021-07-08

These Are the World’s Most Powerful Passports

Travel restrictions are easing across the globe, which means one thing: It’s time to dust off your long-neglected passport and collect a few new stamps. But, as the global passport rankings reveal, which passport you hold could play a major factor in where you get to travel next. On Tuesday, The Passport Index, the real-time interactive resource for individuals and government agencies seeking information on global mobility, announced its quarter three passport power rankings. According to the company, the United States was one of the biggest gainers in the rankings, jumping 16 spots from 19th place in December 2020 to 3rd place today.

Arabian Business, UAE | 2021-07-06

UAE boasts joint third most powerful passport in the world

The UAE has the joint third most powerful passport in the world, according to the latest rankings from global outfit The Passport Index. The country, which dropped to 14th at the end of 2020, is now ranked in joint third place worldwide and tops the Q3 2021 passport power rankings in the GCC, where respective passports witnessed drops across the board.

International, The News | 2021-07-03

NZ shares crown of world’s most powerful passport

The Passport Index is one of several indices which measure the amount of visa-free world travel. It looks at the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories.

Arabian Business, UAE | 2021-07-02

Ras Al Khaimah to offer long-term residency visas as part of new investment push

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has announced a high-impact investment programme that aims to position the emirate as one of the most preferred tourism destinations in affordable luxury. Endorsed by the government of Ras Al Khaimah, the new initiative, SelectRAK, is rolled out in partnership with Arton Capital, a government advisory company that focuses on promoting public-private partnerships that energise economies around the world.  

Gulf News, UAE | 2021-06-07

UAE: If I look to spend my retirement years overseas, what are my top choices this year?

When people consider immigrating to a new country, the most important factors to consider are high levels of safety and security in the country. The other elements to look for are a clean environment, business expansion opportunities, ease of travel, access to high-quality education for children, healthcare facilities for the family, and low or no tax schemes on corporate or personal income.

Daily Hive, Canada | 2021-01-11

Canadian passport ranked one of the most powerful in the world

The Canadian passport has been ranked as one of the 20 most powerful passports in the world. The Passport Index, created by Arton Capital, has released a list of which passports are the most powerful in 2021. A passport is ranked as more or less powerful based on the freedom it grants its holders to travel and move around the world, called its “global mobility.”

CDM, Montenegro | 2020-11-18

Šansa i za Crnu Goru: Partnerstvo SHUAA i Artona privući će strane investicije na rastućim tržištima

Kompanija SHUAA Capital, vodeća platforma za upravljanje imovinom i investiciono bankarstvo u ovom regionu, danas je najavila novo partnerstvo sa Arton Capital, globalnom ekspertskom kompanijom specijalizovanom za programe društvenog uticaja zasnovanog na ulaganjima, kako bi se uspostavljanjem fondova za razvoj nekretnina čiji je fokus na tržištima s visokim rastom podstakle direktne strane investicije.

Markets Insider, USA | 2020-11-18

SHUAA and Arton announce partnership to encourage foreign direct investment in high growth markets

SHUAA Capital, the leading asset management and investment banking platform in the region, today announced its new partnership with Arton Capital, the leading global expert advisory specializing in investment-based social impact programs, to encourage foreign direct investment through the establishment of real estate development funds focused on high growth markets.

Wall Street Online, Denmark | 2020-11-18

SHUAA and Arton announce partnership to encourage foreign direct investment in high growth markets

SHUAA Capital psc (DFM: SHUAA), the leading asset management and investment banking platform in the region, today announced its new partnership with Arton Capital, the leading global expert advisory specializing in investment-based social impact programs, to encourage foreign direct investment through the establishment of real estate development funds focused on high growth markets.

Hankyoreh, Asia | 2020-10-09

Japan may lift travel ban on 12 countries, Japanese paper reports

The Japanese government is likely to end a travel advisory and remove a ban on arrivals from 12 countries, including South Korea, as early as next month. While that won’t immediately pave the way for visa-free travel, it will streamline immigration procedures by waiving the mandatory two-week quarantine under certain conditions.

CNBC, USA | 2020-10-09

Countries with the most powerful passports: There’s a new No 1; find out where India ranks

Arton Capital's Passport Index is updated in real time as new visa waivers and changes are implemented across the world amid COVID-19 travel bans. Taking into account the recent EU travel restrictions and other coronavirus-related border closures, Arton Capital has released the most powerful passports of the world as per their mobility score. The Henley Passport Index had put Japan's passport at the top of its list released in July, however, Arton Capital’s Passport Index has a new number where one can get visa-free or visa-upon-arrival access to 129 destinations. Here are the most powerful passports in the world.

The Jakarta Post, Asia | 2020-10-08

New Zealand passport most powerful in the world

New Zealanders should be proud as their country's passport has been named the world’s most powerful in a new ranking. According to real-time global ranking tool The Passport Index, New Zealand passport overpowers 192 other passports of United Nation countries.

People, USA | 2020-10-08

This Country Now Has the Most Powerful Passport in the World Due to the Pandemic

The Passport Index has named a new most powerful passport in the world. The index, which puts out a real-time global ranking of the world’s passports, has gone into overdrive in 2020 as countries shut down borders and travel became more difficult for many across the globe. However, there is now one nation’s passport that allows people to still travel to more countries than any other: New Zealand.

Fox News, USA | 2020-10-08

New Zealand passport ranked as most powerful in updated report

New Zealand’s passport is now the most powerful in the world, according to the latest Global Passport Index compiled by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital. The index ranks each country’s passport based on its “mobility score” — i.e., the number of countries the passport grants access to — and New Zealand’s has recently edged ahead with 129, after Australia agreed to reopen travel with the country earlier this month.

CEO Magazine, Australia | 2020-10-06

The most powerful passport in the world

The Passport Index investigates the passports of 193 United Nations member countries and six territories. The New Zealand passport currently has visa-free access or visa on entry to 129 countries. That’s up from 80 during the height of the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year, but less than the total of 169 in 2019.

Luxembourg Wort, Luxembourg | 2020-09-15

Le passeport luxembourgeois gagne en puissance

La crise sanitaire du covid-19 bouleverse le classement annuel du «Passport Index». Désormais, le Grand-Duché se trouve en première position aux côtés notamment de la Belgique.

The Berlin Spectator, Germany | 2020-09-10

German Passports Open Lots of Borders in the World

The new ‘Passport Index’ was published. It ranks passports from as many as 199 countries and territories on the basis on how many countries their holders can freely enter, how many of them will easily grant them visas at their borders, and how many require visas in advance. Then of course, there are passports that make trips to certain countries impossible.

Escape, Australia | 2020-08-03

New Zealand passports most powerful in world post-COVID

The Passport Index’s power ranking of 200 of the world’s passports is similar but different from the Henley Passport Index, which named Japan’s passport the world’s most powerful in its latest quarterly ranking.

Washington Post, USA | 2020-07-16

Barbados wants you to work from its beaches during the pandemic

This has been the year a virus shut down our globalized lives. In the first half of 2020, governments around the world imposed entry restrictions or strict quarantine procedures; flight traffic fell to its lowest level in decades.

The Economist, Africa | 2020-06-26

Wealthy Africans are shopping for foreign passports

Habila Malgwi of Arton Capital says it has agents in 15 African countries and plans to open an office on the continent “very, very soon”. Covid-19 has led to soaring interest. People, he says, are looking for a Plan b.

This Day, Nigeria | 2020-06-03

The Passport Index Revealed Nigeria as One of The Easiest Countries to Visit

More than twenty years on from the return to democratic rule in 1999, Nigerians have more to celebrate than just the restoration of their democratic rights this Democracy Day. The Passport Index by Arton Capital has declared, in this year’s rankings, that Nigeria is the joint ‘most open’ country in the world.

Robb Report, Singapore | 2020-06-01

Pandemic Passports are a Thing

Here are countries that provide second citizenships through investments using brokers such as Arton Capital.Philippe May, managing director of Arton Capital, has also experienced the spike in interests from potential clients. “Many new clients have been thinking about a second citizenship for quite a while. Some want more mobility through visa exemptions, others want to protect their assets or reduce tax. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the process of adoption of second citizenship by many wealthy individuals.

Forbes, Mexico | 2020-06-01

Pasaporte mexicano, entre los 60 más poderosos del mundo

México ocupa el lugar 58 de 199 en el conteo mundial de los pasaportes más poderosos, de acuerdo con el 2020 Passport Index, de Nomad Capitalist, cuyos puntajes varían según su calificación en los diferentes sectores.

FiNews, ASIA | 2020-05-15

Arton Capital: «What Is Your Pandemic Plan B?»

More people than ever will set up their pandemic «Plan B» to have options for when the next lockdown may pose them and their families at risk, Arton Capital's Head of Asia, Philippe May, says.

Quartz | 2020-02-23

The new British passport is actually only kind of British—but very blue

According to Passport Index, the UK’s burgundy, EU passport is below 21 countries when it comes to power ranking—and shares its power level with eight other nations. Experts don’t currently see drastic changes in the ranking post-EU, assuming then that travel agreements that will be negotiated individually by the UK with other countries will be modeled after the current ones.

BBC News, UK | 2020-02-22

New blue British passport rollout to begin in March

The current burgundy design is being replaced, following the UK's departure from the European Union. Blue passports were introduced in 1921 and phased out after 1988 when members of the then European Economic Community agreed to harmonise designs. According to the Passport Index , 81 countries have blue passports, including Australia, the United States, Canada, India and Hong Kong.

Gulf News, UAE | 2020-01-02

Its confirmed: UAE was named the best passport of the decade

The UAE has been officially named as the best passport of the decade, according to the latest report published by the Global Passport Index. In the last decade, the UAE gained visa waivers to 111 countries, most of which have taken place in the last three years with an outstanding 161 per cent increase in passport power.

International Investment, Middle East | 2020-01-02

UAE passport named ‘best’ of the decade

The UAE has been named the best passport of the decade, beating top ranking countries such as Germany, Finland, Luxembourg and Spain. according to the latest report by the Global Passport Index.

RTL Today, Luxembourg | 2020-01-01

Luxembourg passport among top 5 most powerful passports over last decade

Arton Capital's real-time global ranking of passports examines the Global Mobility Scores of passports from all over the world. The firm has published data looking back at passport power over the past decade, examining which are the most powerful passports, which passports are the fastest growing ones, including those of nations offering citizenship-by-investment programmes (CBI).

CNBC, Africa | 2019-12-18

Entrepreneurial Edge: How the rich can be persuaded to help refugees

The man from a family of refugees has an idea how rich migrants can be persuaded to help the huddle masses forced to flee their countries every year. That’s the view of Armand Arton, President of Arton Capital and YPO member who deals in citizenship linked to investments for wealthy migrants.

Khmer Times, Cambodia | 2019-11-28

Global Citizenship opens for Cambodians

A new service that provides the opportunity for individuals or families to be a part of the ‘Global Citizen’ was introduced to Cambodians at an event last Saturday. The service, provided by Arton Capital, is meant to shine a light on the perks of investing in a second residency and a global passport.

Bloomberg, USA | 2019-10-07

Hong Kong Good Citizen Applications Jump as People Eye Exit

Philippe May, managing director and head of Asia Pacific for Arton Capital, discusses the uptick in wealthy Hong Kong citizens seeking new passports due to the violent protests. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia.”

Kawa News, UAE | 2019-09-10

New visa-free destinations are possible for Emiratis

With the most powerful passport in the world according to the Arton Capital Passport Index, Emiratis can now travel to 117 countries without visas, thanks to the recent additions of eight new countries, adding to the initial list.

Modern Ghana, Africa | 2019-07-20

The Best African Passports That Can Make You Smile

In 2017, the Global Passport Index made a study about the ranking of the best passports in the world. Due to the Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS, some African countries were among the most important ranked countries.

Business Insider, USA | 2019-07-16

2nd passports as status symbols among the wealthy

Beyond status, there are also physical advantages to owning more than one passport. Armand Arton, the president of Arton Capital, previously told Business Insider that investors primarily seek increased global mobility, better security and education, diversified business opportunities and tax-planning strategies, and an improved quality of life.

Saudi Gazette, Saudi Arabia | 2019-03-18

Optimism hallmarks Cityscape Jeddah

The exhibitor profile includes some of the biggest names within the local, regional and international segment including Aldar Properties, this year’s Principal Sponsor, Arada Development LLC, Architecture & Planning Group (APG), Arton Capital, Top Capital Investment, MSQ Property and the prestigious Aston Martin Residence.

Times, India | 2019-03-18

Why more countries are welcoming Indian visitors

If you still haven't zeroed in on the destination you'd like to explore when you head out this summer, remember this: your Indian passport will grant you visa-free entry into 25 countries, and visa-on-arrival to 39 more nations across the globe. The 2019 Passport Index, which ranks passports of 199 countries on the basis of their VFS and their ranking on the UNDP Human Development Index, show the Indian passport has steadily strengthened over the past five years, jumping ranks from 77 in 2015, to 67 in 2019. It was 68 last year.

Sunday Guardian Live, India | 2019-03-16

India’s passport power improved by 11 ranks in the last four years

According to the latest Arton Capital Passport Index (APCI), an online tool which collects and displays the ranks of passports of the world, India has jumped to the 66th rank on the list from 77th in 2015. The ranking to various passports is given on the basis “Visa Free” status accorded to passport holders of a specified country and other parameters.

SeeNews, Europe | 2019-03-14

Montenegro hires Arton Capital as partner in CIP programme

PODGORICA (Montenegro), March 14 (SeeNews) - Montenegro's government has hired citizenship and residency advisory firm Arton Capital as authorised partner for its new Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP), the company said.

CNBC, Africa | 2019-03-11

Arton Capital on refining migration policies

The Yong President Organisation is the largest CEO leadership organisation in the world and for the second time- is holding its YPO edge event in Cape Town. Arton Capital is a global financial advisory firm, specializing in Investor Programs for Residence and Citizenship around the world and also owns the passport index and its President, Armand Arton joins CNBC Africa to discuss the business of globalisation against the rising sentiments of anti-globalisation.

PhilStar Global, Philippines | 2019-03-03

An empowering partnership

Grand Hyatt Manila has truly cemented itself as the go-to venue for every occasion as Arton Capital and EnterPH launched a new partnership in Bonifacio Global City’s five-star luxury hotel. The new joint venture will allow Filipinos to engage in investment programs for second residency and citizenship-by-investments in North America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Armand Arton interviewed on Bloomberg Philippines | 2019-01-29

Armand Arton interviewed on Bloomberg Philippines

Armand Arton discussing residency and citizenship by investment opportunities with Daniela Laurel and Charles Lejano on Bloomberg TV Philippines – One News.

Armand Arton interviewed on ANC | 2019-01-29

Armand Arton interviewed on ANC

Armand Arton discussing residency and citizenship by investment opportunities with Michelle Krystle Ong on ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) in Manila, the Philippines.

FiNews, ASIA | 2019-01-07

New Opportunities in Citizenship Planning

Arton Capital’s Global Citizen Series are focused events exploring the latest developments and opportunities in Global Residence and Citizenship Planning. Join the next business breakfast.

The Week, INDIA | 2018-12-28

Indians can travel to seven places visa-free

India is ranked 67th as on 22 December, 2018 with a Visa Free Score of 65 in the Arton Capital Passport Index this December, according to a statement placed by General V.K. Singh, minister of state for external affairs before the Rajya Sabha in reply to a question.

Gulf News, UAE | 2018-09-30

UAE passport now world’s 8th most powerful

The UAE passport has climbed one more spot in the global ranking of travel documents, making it the eighth most powerful in the world. The latest update of the Passport Index showed that Emirati citizens can now fly to 158 countries without securing a visa prior to departure, further strengthening the UAE’s position in the world’s top 10 strongest passports.

Gulf News, UAE | 2018-09-18

UAE passport is world’s 9th most powerful

On Thursday, Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said in a tweet: “the UAE passport has ranked at 9th position in the Global Passport Index, and now citizens can enter 157 countries without a prior visa.”As per the current index, UAE citizens can travel to 112 countries without visas and in 45 countries, they can get visa on arrival, which makes a total of 157 countries where prior visas are not required for UAE nationals.

TIME, USA | 2018-09-06

These Countries Have the Most Powerful Passports in the World

Singapore can be celebrated for more than its role in the hit film Crazy Rich Asians — its passport is now the most powerful in the world. Its ranking was determined by Passport Index, an online tool that collects data from 193 United Nations member countries and six territories to compile an ever-changing list of the world’s most powerful passports.

Khaleej Times, Dubai | 2018-07-10

UAE passport now among world top 10

The agreement with Russia has taken UAE's visa-free score to 155, while Russia has a visa-free score of 115, according to the Arton Capital Passport Index.

The Daily Observer, Antigua | 2018-06-22

Antigua-new route for Opening Parade

Arton Capital is among new sponsors to Antigua’s carnival, pictured here is Festivals Minister Daryll Mathew with a representative from the company.

Bloomberg Businessweek, Dubai | 2018-04-04

Global Leaders Forum: Overview

The Global Leaders Forum, which was organized by Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East and took place in Dubai on April 3, attracted some 200 high profile executives and officials.

New Straits Times, Malaysia | 2018-02-23

Malaysian passport sixth most powerful globally

Malaysian international passport is in the top six of most powerful passports in the world based on the 2018 Passport Index developed by global financial advisory firm, Arton Capital.

Arabian Business, UAE | 2017-12-21

Superpower China waives visa restrictions for Emiratis

According to Arton Capital's latest ranking, the UAE passport is ranked 26th globally with a visa-free score of 126. The UAE and China have signed a memorandum of understanding to exempt Emiratis from obtaining pre-entry visas to visit the country as a tourist. Starting from January 16, 2018, UAE citizens can visit China without getting a pre-entry visa and stay for up to 30 days per visit, state news agency WAM reported.

CNN Philippines, USA | 2017-10-31

Singapore now offers the world’s most powerful passport

When it comes to global travel, not all passports are created equal. But which one rules them all? According to the Passport Index, that honor now belongs solely to Singapore thanks to a recent decision by Paraguay to remove visa requirements for passport holders of the Asian city-state.

Huffington Post, Canada | 2017-07-12

Canadian Passport Lands Number 5 Spot In Global Passport Power Rankings

If you're a Canadian who plans on travelling this summer, the world is still your oyster. The country's passport continues to be one of the world's most powerful. Arton Capital's Passport Index ranks Canada at number five, tied with Malaysia and Ireland, with a visa-free score of 154.

Visual Capitalist, Canada | 2017-07-07

What is the World’s Most Powerful Passport?

Whether you seek to explore distant lands, or you just want to sit on a remote island beach with a margarita, your passport can be your biggest travel asset. The right document grants you visa-free access to over 150+ countries, and makes applying for entry to the other places a short and easy afterthought.

CNN, Espanol | 2017-07-07

Estos son los países que no les piden visa a los hondureños

Contrario a lo que ocurre con naciones de la región como República Dominicana y Haití y superando a vecinos como El Salvador, Guatemala y Nicaragua, Honduras es un país cuyos ciudadanos tienen menos restricciones de visado para viajar alrededor del mundo.

Business Insider, India | 2017-06-20

This world map shows which countries hold the most powerful passports

These stark differences are revealed in the Passport Index , which ranks countries based on the number of nations where residents can go without purchasing a visa in advance or on arrival. The global financial advisory firm Arton Capital compiled government data from 193 countries and six territories to create the 2017 ranking.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE | 2017-06-16

UAE passport ranked most powerful in region, 22nd at global level during 2017

Ahmed Saeed Elham Al Dhaheri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Consular Affairs at the ministry, said that the ranking of the UAE passport as the first Arab passport and 22nd globally, according to Arton Capital Passport Index 2017, "is one of the most important achievements of the UAE diplomacy led, by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan."

Wired, USA | 2017-06-12

Meanwhile, in this week’s European politics

UKRAINE’S PASSPORT NOW MORE POWERFUL THAN RUSSIA’S: With Ukrainians now able to travel visa-free to the EU for 90 days or less, Passport Index says Ukraine’s passport power will jump to 32nd place from 50th worldwide. Ukrainians have visa-free access to 109 countries, whereas Russians have access to 106.

LaPresse, Canada | 2017-06-01

Tout savoir sur le passeport

Nombre de pays où le passeport canadien permet d'entrer sans demander de visa supplémentaire, selon la compilation réalisée par le site Passport Index ( Le Canada se classe ainsi au 5e rang des pays dont le passeport est le plus avantageux. L'Allemagne et Singapour sont au sommet du palmarès, avec 159 entrées sans visa, alors que celui de l'Afghanistan n'en permet que 24.

ArmenPress, Armenia | 2017-05-30

Cooperation between Armenia’s Ministry and ‘Arton Capital’ company to contribute to attracting foreign investments

Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments Hovhannes Azizyan on May 29 held a meeting with President of Arton Capital's company Armand Arton, Vice-President on Business Development Emil Shahmooradian, as well as a number of representatives of company's expert group, the Ministry told Armenpress. They arrived in Armenia at the invitation of International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) which carries out Support to Migration and Border Management EU-funded project in Armenia.

National Geographic, USA | 2017-05-19

The contentious History of the Passport

Today, U.S. State Department statistics report 18.6 million passports issued in 2016–the highest annual number on record. The popular online search tool Passport Index offers up ways of comparing passports via interactive tools reminiscent of fantasy football scoreboards.

Business Insider, USA | 2017-05-18

The 19 countries with the most powerful passports

If you have citizenship in Sweden, you have a great deal of traveling power — Swedes can fly to 158 countries without ever showing a visa. This makes international travel cheaper and easier than it is for citizens of many other countries, like those of Afghanistan, who can enter just 23 countries without a visa.

Arab News, Middle-East | 2017-05-11

Second-citizenship business booms amid global strife

As president of Arton Capital, the self-described “ambassador of the global citizen movement” helps moneyed individuals — including an increasing number from the Middle East — gain citizenship elsewhere and the all-important second passport that can bring.

Today Online, Singapore | 2017-05-05

Let S’pore passport continue to be a source of pride

It is heartening to read that the Singapore passport is ranked so highly (Singapore, Germany passports tie as most powerful passports in the world: Passport Index; April 19, online). Singaporeans should be proud of this.

The National, UAE | 2017-04-19

Passport power lifts UAE influence

Arton Capital, a financial advisory firm specialising in investor programmes for residence and citizenship, ranked the Emirati passport 28th in the world, with a score of 125. Removing the obstacle of citizens having to ­obtain a visa would help to improve political, economic, social and cultural ties with countries, Mr Al Daheri said.

Fortune, USA | 2017-04-11

These 25 Countries Have the Most Powerful Passports in the World

Passport Index, which ranks the world's passports each year to identify which are the most powerful, released their most recent rankings in January. Several countries tie each other in the global access they provide their passport holders, so to get into the top 25, a country must rank at least as the sixth most powerful.

Elmundo, Spain | 2017-04-07

¿De dónde viene el color de los pasaportes?

Los pasaportes son, básicamente, de cuatro colores: rojo, azul, verde o negro, con decenas de matices dentro de cada tonalidad pero por lo general son siempre de tonos oscuros, lo que le da al documento un aspecto más formal. Esto se puede comprobar en el portal Passport Index, donde tienen fotos de los pasaportes de todos los países del mundo.

TIME, USA | 2017-04-06

These 25 Countries Have the Most Powerful Passports in the World

Passport Index, which ranks the world's passports each year to identify which are the most powerful, released their most recent rankings in January. Several countries tie each other in the global access they provide their passport holders, so to get into the top 25, a country must rank at least as the sixth most powerful.

Washington Post, USA | 2017-04-05

With Brexit underway, Brits are even arguing about the color of their passports

That itself is an indication of the real effect of Brexit on Britain’s passport. Arton Capital, a financial firm that runs the Passport Index, once ranked the British passport as jointly the third most powerful in the world. However, the firm has warned that once Britain leaves the EU, it could drop to 26th place, just behind Mexico, unless new agreements are reached.

The Telegraph, UK | 2017-04-04

23 fascinating things you didn’t know about your passport

The shade of each national passport is derived from just four main colours: red, green, blue or black, according to Hrant Boghossian, the vice president of Arton Group, which runs the interactive passport database Passport Index. The passport books for countries within the European Union (EU) tend to be burgundy, while those from Caricom (Caribbean Community and Common Market) states use blue, which could be for geographical or political reasons. "Some could argue that the burgundy red is due to a past communist history," said Mr Boghossian, and that blue passports may be symbolic of the New World for countries in North America, South America and Oceania. "The passport of Turkey has changed to burgundy as it hopes to join the EU," he also claimed.

Voyages Pirates, France | 2017-04-02

Quel est LE passeport à posséder pour voyager facilement ? Le classement officiel 2017 des passeports les plus puissants !

Comme tout passionné de voyages le sait, les passeports sont la clé pour l'aventure. Il s'agit là du Graal à avoir toujours sur vous pour découvrir toutes les merveilles du monde mais la nationalité de votre passeport peut avoir un effet majeur sur vos plans et sur la durée de vos voyages à l'étranger. Pour pouvoir vous faire une petite idée, nous nous sommes plongés dans le classement officiel en 2017 qui vous fera découvrir la puissance de votre passeport au niveau international. Le facteur le plus important qui peut déterminer la force de votre passeport est la possibilité d'obtenir un visa libre d'accès.

Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg | 2017-04-01

Luxembourg passport, fourth most ‘powerful’ in the world

If you are the holder of a Luxembourg passport, its power rank for 2017 is fourth place together with eight other countries, according to a new report. The new edition of “Passport Index” shows that Luxembourg has climbed four places in the “World Openness Score” from last year to fourth in 2017, scoring as total of 157 points. The Grand Duchy shares its position with Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, South Korea and USA.

MSN, USA | 2017-03-27

This is the meaning behind the colour of your passport

Red, blue, green or black; the colour of your passport says a surprising amount about your home nation, according to the Passport Index. Though the shade may vary, a passport can tell you something about economic blocks, religion and even history.

Traveller24, South Africa | 2017-03-24

The World’s Top 25 most powerful passports for 2017

To which country would you most likely want to have citizenship, in order to travel the world most freely? If you're looking to expand your global citizenship, it's might be wise to consider the recently published 2017 Passport Index, ranking the world's passports in terms of their power.

India Today, India | 2017-03-20

Do you know why passports come in these four colours only?

Shades of red, green, blue and black are the four colours that dominate the universe of passports--and not without good reason. As per a report by Business Insider a certain Hrant Boghossian has some reasons to attribute to the choice of passport colours. The Vice President of Marketing at Arton Capital--a firm that headlines "interactive passport database, Passport Index," believes that while essentially the colours are limited, nations experiment with the hues of these four primary shades that can be attributed to "many possible scenarios."

Gostaria de IR, Brazil | 2017-03-20

Brasil tem um dos passaportes mais poderosos do mundo

Segundo o ranking do site Global Passport, o passaporte brasileiro está entre os mais poderosos do mundo. Para estabelecer o ranking, é levado em consideração o número de países em que o titular pode viajar sem visto, o que, no caso dos brasileiros, é de 143 nações ao redor do mundo. Com isso, nosso documento é considerado o 14º mais poderoso do mundo.

Travel Pulse, USA | 2017-03-09

How Powerful Is Your Passport?

The Passport Index is constantly updating its list of passports and where they can take you. So how powerful is yours? Huffington Post reports that Germany is, right now, the best passport to hold if you want to travel the world, letting you visit 158 countries without applying for a visa.

Huffington Post, USA | 2017-03-08

The World’s Most Powerful Passports, Ranked In Real Time

Not all passports are created equal, and this global ranking proves it in real time. According to the Passport Index, which is constantly updated based on changing country entry requirements, travelers with a German passport can currently visit the most countries (158) without applying for a visa. Travelers from Afghanistan, meanwhile, can visit just 23.

TTRWeekly, Asia | 2017-03-07

Germany tops power passport list

Germans turn out to have the most powerful passport that grants the owner a visa-free or visa-on-arrival welcome in 157 countries worldwide. According to the latest PassportIndex.Org data, Singapore overtook South Korea to take the second place with a visa-free score of 156, becoming the highest-ranked Asian passport. South Korea fell to sixth place (152) while Japan rose to fourth place, tied with European countries such as Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and others whose visa-free score reached 154.

Aljazeera, Middle-East | 2017-03-05

The Passport Index: Which countries are easy to visit?

The ease with which a person can travel to another country depends on their passport. Some countries are more forthcoming in letting visitors in than others. For instance, anyone with a passport can visit Cambodia, which offers visas or visas on arrival to all. Travelling to Turkmenistan, on the other hand, will prove to be quite difficult for most. All passport holders need to apply for a visa before making a trip. The Passport Index explores how welcoming each nation is, based on the number of countries they accept visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

CNN Money, USA | 2017-02-28

Trump triggers surge in Arab demand for U.S. investor visas

Arton Capital, which specializes in 12 investor visa programs around the world, said January was a very busy month. The firm saw inquiries handled by their Dubai office increase by 200% compared with the same time last year. It expects February numbers to be even higher. "There are only 12 of us here in Dubai and we are inundated every day with inquiries, particularly from people from this region," said John Hanafin, CEO of Arton Capital.

Gold News, Cyprus | 2017-02-22

Empowering Global Citizenship

The New Year has come with good news for Cyprus, as the Cypriot passport appears to be among the strongest in the world. According to the latest Passport Index, (updated on January 4), it has achieved a Passport Power Rank of 13, an Individual Power Rank of 37 and an impressive visa-free score of 144. Armand Arton, Chairman of Arton Capital, the global financial advisory firm specialising in residence programmes and citizenship, spoke to Gold about the reasons behind Cyprus’ recent achievement, analysing how foreign investors can obtain Cypriot citizenship and explaining why not all EU passports are equally attractive.

CNN Arabic, Middle-East | 2017-02-13

.ًايبرع ىوقألا تارامإلاو ًايملاع لضفألا وه يناملألا رفسلا زاوج

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة (CNN)-- احتل جواز السفر الألماني المرتبة الأولى على قائمة تصنيف "قوة" جوازات السفر العالمية، للعام الثاني على التوالي، فيما حلّت الإمارات العربية المتحدة في المرتبة الـ28، ليصبح جوازها الأقوى عربياً، وفقاً لمؤشر جوازات السفر الذي نشره الموقع التابع لمؤسسة "أرتون كابيتال".

Express, United Kingdom | 2017-02-12

Countries across the globe where Brits DON’T need a VISA to enter

In the latest 2017 rankings by, the British Passport was ranked as the 10th most powerful passport. It allows UK nationals access to 156 countries without obtaining a visa beforehand. But which countries can Brits travel to without worrying about filling in forms and paying additional fees for travel documents?

NRICafe, Middle-East | 2017-02-09

How powerful is the Indian passport? Here are the 2017 rankings

The Indian passport has been ranked 78 in a global ranking of the world's most powerful passports. Germany stands at the top with a visa-free score of 157, while Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 156.

Cyprus Mail, Cyprus | 2017-02-05

Citizenship for sale controversy

Cyprus’ controversial citizenship-for-sale scheme will ultimately cause a drop in property prices and lead to stricter EU oversight for citizenship requirements, property experts have warned. Two months after the notorious ‘haircut’ Eurogroup decisions of March 2013, the scrambling government rolled out a citizenship-for-investment programme, which aimed to ease the pain of wealthy foreign depositors who saw millions of their money converted into equity, and to bring in desperately needed cash in the short-term.

NOS, Netherlands | 2017-02-03

Niet alleen in de VS zijn bepaalde nationaliteiten niet welkom

Verontwaardiging, demonstraties, rechtszaken en felle debatten in allerlei parlementen over de hele wereld. Het tijdelijke inreisverbod voor reizigers uit zeven overwegend islamitische landen in de VS, houdt de gemoederen al dagen bezig. Maar het is niet de eerste keer dat een land het inreisverbod inzet als strijdmiddel.

The Peninsula, Qatar | 2017-01-30

How many countries can you visit visa-free with your passport?

The latest passport Index is based on cross-border access of national passports. It assigns a "visa-free score" according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival. The index was released by and saw Germany take first place with a visa-free score of 158, closely followed by Singapore and Sweden which were both ranked second with a visa-free score of 157.

CNBC Africa, Africa | 2017-01-28

Africa’s most valuable and least desirable passports

According to global advisory firm Arton Capital's latest Passport Index, South Africa's passport is the most valuable on the African continent, with a score of 90, which ranks it 49th in the table, followed by Botswana with a score of 69, Lesotho with a score of 66 and Malawi with a score of 65. Whilst South Africa is ranked the most valuable passport in Africa it should be noted that its passport is less valuable than countries such as the Russian Federation and Albania

Bangkok Post, Thailand | 2017-01-26

Thai passport trauma only getting worse

A news report last week said Thailand fell two points in the so-called passport index which is based on how easily citizens of a country can travel without the need for a visa. With the drop, Thai passport power has shrunk a bit further.

africanews, Africa | 2017-01-26

Seychelles passport, most powerful in Africa

It is often difficult for African passport holders to travel to diverse regions in the world including within Africa. One of the many reasons the African Union is proposing visa-free travel requirements within Africa..

Costa Rica Star | 2017-01-22

Costa Rica has the best passport in Central America

Passport Index presented its Global Passport Power Rank 2017 which basically ranks passports of the world according to their total visa-free score. The study included 199 countries. The country with the best passport in the world is Germany, holders of a German passport can visit 158 countries without the need of a Visa or getting the Visa upon arrival. Sweden and Singapore tied in second place; these passports will give you entry to 157 countries.

Straits Times, Singapore | 2017-01-22

Cherishing a passport to success

A worldwide ranking of passports, which places Singapore's travel document second, attests to the travelling power that its citizens enjoy. The 2017 Passport Index, compiled by financial advisory firm Arton Capital, has Singapore in joint second place with Sweden, after Germany in the top spot. The index uses a realistic method of calculating a passport's strength by focusing on its visa-free reach.

Asia One, Singapore | 2017-01-21

Singaporeans, you’re holding on to world’s 2nd most powerful passport according to 2017 ranking

You have good reason to be proud when producing the red passbook at immigration points around the world. Singapore passport is the second most accepted in the world, according to the latest Passport Index, which ranks passports of the world according to their visa-free score. Singapore has jumped remarkably from the fifth position for the past three consecutive years in another survey to nearly Number 1 position in the latest ranking by Arton Capital.

Travelers Today, USA | 2017-01-20

Passport Rankings: Germany Dubbed To Have The Strongest Passport To Travel The World

The Germans have the best traveling privileges in the world because Germany was recently named to have the world's strongest passport. The ranking is based on how many countries Germany is allowed to travel to without the need for a visa. The Daily Mail reported that Germany topped the rankings for the strongest passport in the world followed by Sweden and Singapore at 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Germany is allowed to travel visa-free to 158 countries all over the world.

The Jakarta Post, Indonesia | 2017-01-20

Asia’s most and least powerful passports

Singaporean passports have been ranked the most powerful passports in Asia and world's second-most "powerful" passport, according to a worldwide ranking for passports. Singapore has overtaken South Korea and has become the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 157.

Seychelles News Agency | 2017-01-20

Seychelles’ passport most powerful in Africa, 2017 ranking shows

Holders of Seychelles’ passport have the most powerful passport in Africa, a 2017 travel ranking reports. According to the, Seychellois nationals can visit 96 countries visa-free and 30 with issuance of a visa on arrival, bringing the total to 126. Mauritius is second in Africa with 118 countries, and South Africa in third place with a visa-free score of 90.

NZ Herald, New Zealand | 2017-01-20

Germany has most powerful passport in the world

Germany has the most powerful passport in the world, according to the results of a 2017 travel ranking. Coming a close second is Sweden, followed by Singapore, which overtook South Korea as the most powerful in Asia this year. The UK narrowly made it into the top 10, beating the USA by just three countries. The latest ranking, released by, takes into account the number of visa-free regions and countries that a passport has access to.

Lonely Planet, USA | 2017-01-19

Travellers from these countries can visit the most destinations without applying for a visa

Avid travellers will know that the process of getting a visa to visit another country can be tedious. But for passport-holders from certain countries, needing a visa is a rare occurrence. Germany has come out on top of the Global Passport Power Rank 2017, created by Arton Capital. The list ranks countries based on how many other destinations its passport-holders can visit without a visa, or with the ability to receive a visa on arrival. Germans can visit a total of 158 countries, according to the ranking, followed closely by passport-holders from Sweden and Singapore, who can visit 157.

News Americas Now, Carribeans | 2017-01-19

9 Caribbean Passports That Carry Power

A lot has been said recently about the Citizenship and Investment Programs run by five Caribbean countries that allows non-nationals to invest as little as US 150,000 and secure passports there. But what power do these Caribbean passports hold? Here are the most “powerful” Caribbean passports ranked by their total visa-free score according to the latest Global Passport Index. Visa-free score represents the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Independent, UK | 2017-01-18

The most – and least – powerful passports in the world

German travellers hold the world’s strongest passport and can visit the most countries without needing to apply for a visa, according to a newly-updated travel index. A total of 157 countries offer Germans either visa-free access or a visa on arrival, making citizens of the central European nation the most privileged passport holders on the planet. The power of the German passport is followed closely by travel documents issued in Sweden and Singapore, which enjoy joint second place in the ‘passport power rank’ compiled by Arton Capital's Passport Index.

GulfNews, Middle East | 2017-01-18

Revealed: World’s most powerful passports

Citizens from Europe continue to enjoy a great deal of travelling power, with their passports enabling them to fly to more than 100 countries around the world without applying for a visa in advance, according to the latest Passport Index released this weekend. The annual study by Arton Capital ranked Germany as the most powerful in the world, enabling passport holders to visit 157 destinations with ease as of 2017.

The Hindu, India | 2017-01-17

How powerful is the Indian passport? Here are the 2017 rankings

The Indian passport has been ranked 78 in a global ranking of the world’s most powerful passports. Germany stands at the top with a visa-free score of 157, while Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport with a visa-free score of 156. India stands at 78th position with a visa-free score of 46. While Pakistan and China rank 94 and 66 respectively.

CNBC, USA | 2017-01-17

Global advisory firm Arton Capital says travel freedoms to wane

Global mobility to travel without visas and visit a new country saw an upswing from last year -- but it won't last as restrictions loom from Brexit to U.S. immigration curbs and wider anti-globalization sentiment, global advisory firm Arton Capital said. World Openness Scores from the Passport Index that measure the number of visa-free entry among 199 nations increased to 17,954 at the start of 2017 from 17,928 in 2016.

IBTimes, UK | 2017-01-17

Germans hold the world’s most powerful passport with highest visa-free score

Germans hold the world's most powerful passport with a visa-free score of 157, according to a Passport Index drawn up by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital. The index, which was updated last week, saw Singapore and Sweden taking the second spot with a visa-free score of 156. Singapore knocked off South Korea to become the highest-ranked Asian passport, Arton Capital said.

The China Post, Taiwan | 2017-01-17

Passport power index: ROC ranked 28th worldwide

Republic of China (ROC) passports ranked 28th in the world according to the Passport Index created by financial advisory firm Arton Capital, reflecting the same ranking for Taiwan in 2016. The index's visa-free score represents the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with a visa on arrival. ROC passport holders can visit 119 countries around the world without having to obtain a visa in advance, an increase of 10 countries from last year.

Quartz, USA | 2017-01-17

Singapore has the world’s second-most powerful passport

Singaporeans already have one of the best airports in the world. Now they have one of the best passports, too. In a recent ranking of the world’s most powerful passports, Singapore placed behind only Germany, joining Sweden in a tie for second place. The city-state beat all other Asian nations, including South Korea, which it overtook this year. Last year Singapore was in fourth place, South Korea in second.

DailyHive, Vancouver | 2017-01-16

Canada boasts the 5th most powerful passport in the world for 2017

Canada has tied for fifth place on a global survey that ranks how powerful passports are from each country in the world. What makes a passport powerful and why should you care? It’s all about global mobility; the freedom to travel and move around the world, and according to The Passport Index created by Arton Capital, it’s based on the number of countries which grant visa-free access to each passport holder.

Today, Asia | 2017-01-16

Singapore has world’s 2nd most ‘powerful’ passport: Index

Singapore has the world’s second most “powerful” passport, according to a global ranking of the world’s passports. The 2017 Passport Index, released on Thursday (Jan 12), placed Singapore behind Germany and joint-second with Sweden. Coming in joint-third were Denmark, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Channel News Asia, Singapore | 2017-01-16

Singapore passport is second-most powerful in the world: Index

Singaporeans hold the world's second-most powerful passport, according to a Passport Index devised by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital. The index, which was updated on Thursday (Jan 12), saw Germany take first place with a visa-free score of 157, closely followed by Singapore and Sweden which were both ranked second with a visa-free score of 156.

The National, Abu Dhabi | 2017-01-14

UAE leads GCC in updated Passport Index

The UAE passport is the most valuable in the GCC, according to a global ranking of the world’s passports. Arton Capital, a financial advisory firm specialising in investor programmes for residence and citizenship, has updated its Passport Index, which ranks national passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a "visa-free score" according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Wknd, Dubai | 2017-01-14

10 most powerful passports in 2017

Arton Capital, the global advisory for residence and citizenship solutions, has updated the Passport Index, the popular global ranking of the world's passports. The Index ranks national passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a "visa-free score" according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival. Germany takes the lead with a visa-free score of 157. Singapore overtakes South Korea and becomes the highest ranked Asian passport, with a visa free score of 156, coming second. The UAE is the leading GCC country with a score of 122, followed by Kuwait (81), and Qatar with a score of 77.

Arabian Business, UAE | 2017-01-03

The world’s most valuable passports

A UAE passport is the most valuable of the GCC states, followed by Kuwait and Qatar, according to Arton Capital's latest global ranking.

Joe, Ireland | 2016-12-30

This is how an Irish passport ranks compared to other powerful passports of the world

It's no secret that Irish passports have been in high demand this year, as applications for the desirable document massively increased following the result of Brexit in June 2016. But just how good is an Irish passport really? Seriously though, how does it compare to the other passports of the world? Thanks to the Passport Index, you can actually measure up the different global passports to see how they fare against one another in real time.

Cyprus Mail, Cyprus | 2016-12-28

Cypriot passport ranks 13th on global power scale

The Cypriot passport ranks among the strongest in the world, as holders are able to travel to 146 countries without a visa. According to the updated Passport Index, Cyprus gets a Passport Power Rank of 13, and an Individual Power Rank of 36 globally. Its Global Mobility Score (for visa-free travel) of 146 ranks it above such countries as Lichtenstein, Monaco and Brazil.

BIZCommunity, USA | 2016-12-28

Philanthropy shifts its course towards financially impactful giving

The trend of giving is growing with 91% making charitable donations over last year and 83% planning to donate as much, or more, over the next three years. To ensure the support of causes that promise to make a sustainable difference, high-net-worth South Africans should be mindful of their philanthropic efforts, according to the CEO of Old Mutual Wealth, Kerrin Land.

Business Insider, USA | 2016-12-27

The 16 countries with the most powerful passports

If you have citizenship in Sweden, you have a great deal of traveling power — Swedes can fly to 158 countries without ever showing a visa. This makes international travel cheaper and easier than it is for citizens of many other countries, like those of Afghanistan, who can enter just 24 countries without a visa. These stark differences are revealed in the Passport Index, which ranks countries based on the number of nations where residents can go without purchasing a visa in advance or on arrival. The global financial advisory firm Arton Capital compiled government data from 193 countries and six territories to create the 2016 ranking.

Business BreakFast, Dubai | 2016-12-20

The Business Breakfast

DubaiEye 103.8 Podcast - The Business Breakfast with Malcolm Taylor, Richard Dean and Brandy Scott. John Hanafin, CEO of Arton Capital, updates us on the findings of their latest research on the trend shifts in the giving of the ultra-wealthy.

Philanthropy, World | 2016-12-16

The Very Rich Step Up Their Giving

The world’s very wealthiest people are giving more than ever, reports The Wall Street Journal. Major giving from those with net worths of $30 million or more rose 3% in 2015 from a year earlier, hitting an all-time high. That’s according to a report from consulting group Wealth-X and advisory firm Arton Capital. Of the world’s 212,615 ultra-high-net-worth individuals last year, an estimated 18,500 are “major donors,” meaning they’ve donated at least $1 million to philanthropic causes in their lifetime.

Mena Herald, Dubai | 2016-12-14

Arton Capital and Wealth-X launch 2016 edition of the Philanthropy Report

Dubai – MENA Herald: According to a new report on global philanthropy released today, major giving among ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals rose to an all-time high in 2015, growing 3% since 2014. On average, UHNW individuals – those with a net worth of US$30 million or more – will donate US$29.6 million over the course of their lifetimes, with total global UHNW public lifetime giving estimated at US$550 billion.

Philanthropy, World | 2016-12-14

Nontraditional giving methods boost philanthropic risk-taking among UHNWs

Younger generations of ultra-affluent individuals are impacting the way in which the overall deep-pocketed population gives to philanthropic causes, according to a new report from Arton Capital and Wealth-X. The Giving Index, which draws from data about UHNW philanthropic participation and giving amounts, grew 3 percent from 2014 to 2015 to an all-time high. Wealth-X’s “Changing Philanthropy: Trend Shifts in Ultra Wealthy Giving,” commissioned by Arton Capital, finds that socially- and environmentally-minded millennials are more open to new business models, establishing philanthropy-centric corporate cultures that put giving at the forefront.

Finance, USA | 2016-12-14

Ultrawealthy Donors Step Up Their Giving

Survey finds 3% increase in major donations in 2015. Ultrawealthy donors are more generous than ever, with the richest of the rich particularly so. Major giving among ultrahigh-net-worth individuals—or those with a net worth of $30 million or more—rose 3% to an all-time high in 2015 from a year earlier, according to a new report. The report was produced by Wealth-X, a consulting group that.

International Business Times, UK | 2016-11-02

Forget Donald Trump and Theresa May’s rhetoric – we need more immigration, not less

Theresa May, Britain's new prime minister, declared recently in a speech that "if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere". Her views have been echoed across the Atlantic, where GOP candidate Donald Trump has vowed to erect a wall between the US and Mexico and "get the Mexicans to pay for it".

CNN Greece | 2016-10-17

Αυτά είναι τα 20 λιγότερο ισχυρά διαβατήρια στον κόσμο

Μπορεί το Brexit να πυροδότησε σενάρια ότι οι Βρετανοί θα αναγκαστούν να μπλέξουν στα γρανάζια της γραφειοκρατίας προκειμένου να ταξιδέψουν στο εξωτερικό, όμως το διαβατήριο του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου είναι το δεύτερο πιο ισχυρό στον κόσμο.

Emirates 24/7, UAE | 2016-10-05

These are the world’s least powerful passports

German citizens possess the world's most powerful passport, according Arton Capital’s Passport Index, with Britain and the US falling just short of the top spot. The index ranks every passport according to how many countries it allows the holder to enter without a visa.

Politico, Europa | 2016-09-29

Hungarian hole in the Schengen fence

When Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talks about migrants, he doesn’t usually mince words — unless, that is, they have money. Orbán has made fighting migration his signature policy stance, calling a referendum on the EU’s controversial quota scheme for the relocation of refugees and demanding “total control” over the bloc’s external borders as well as the creation of a “giant refugee city” in Libya to process asylum claims.

Kathimerini, Cyprus | 2016-09-19

Παγκόσμια πρωτιά Κύπρου για πολιτογραφήσεις

Την πρώτη θέση παγκοσμίως κατέχει η Κύπρος, μαζί με Γρενάδα και Άγιο Δομίνικο, σε θέματα που άπτονται της πολιτογράφησης πολιτών από την οπτική γωνία των επενδυτών, μετά και από τα νέα κίνητρα που έχουν ανακοινωθεί και, ιδίως, τη μείωση του ύψους της απαιτούμενης επένδυσης από τα 5 εκατ. ευρώ που ίσχυε προηγουμένως, για κάθε άτομο, στα 2,5 εκατ. Η κατάταξη αυτή αφορά σε δείκτη της εταιρείας Arton Capital, που ασχολείται αποκλειστικά με υπηρεσίες που συνδέονται με πολιτογραφήσεις στο πλαίσιο επενδύσεων.

World Economic Forum, USA | 2016-09-12

How powerful is your passport? Here are the 2016 rankings

A new ranking has revealed which nations have the most powerful passports. Passport Index ranks our travel documents by measuring the number of countries that can be visited without applying for a visa.

AOL, USA | 2016-09-06

Can you judge a passport by its colour?

It turns out that the colour of a passport can actually help to identify sovereign nations. According to Business Insider, countries which are part of the same political or economic organisation usually have the same passport colour.

BBC, UK | 2016-08-02

Should the dark blue British passport be brought back?

For almost 30 years Britons have travelled the world clutching small burgundy books. But the question of what colour the British passport - for some a symbol of national identity - should be is not an easy one to answer.

Condé Nast Traveler, USA | 2016-07-22

Passport Index Tells You Every Country You Can Visit Without a Visa

You've finally booked that multi-stop trip around the world, have all your travel gear ready to go, and a step-by-step itinerary sketched out—then you panic. "Can I get into Cambodia without a visa?" "Is my Australian travel companion going to be able to breeze through immigration at the same destinations that I will?" Yes, the world of visa regulations—often leading to hours spent surfing impenetrable embassy websites or on the phone with bureaucrats in the capital—can be a confusing place.

Lifehacker, USA | 2016-07-21

Passport Map Shows You All the Countries You Can Visit With or Without a Visa

Depending on the passport you hold, it can be a breeze to visit another country, or it can be a maddening process that takes months of paperwork, clearance, visits to consulates or embassies, and the risk of getting denied anyway. Passport Map can help you figure out what you’re in for before you plan a trip.

TNW, Netherlands | 2016-07-19

Find out what rights your passport gives you with this oddly fascinating tool

If you often wonder what privileges your nationality grants you around the globe, Passport Index is the only tool you’ll ever need – and it’s oddly fascinating. Built by financial firm Arton Capital, it’s a Web-based interactive encyclopedia that will tell you everything you need to know about the rights your passport entitles you to.

inews, UK | 2016-06-24

Having an Irish passport just got a lot more desirable

Even before the referendum, demand for an Irish passport was soaring – in the months up to May, applications were up 14% on the same period in 2015. In the wake of the EU referendum result, Google searches for ‘Irish passport’ from the UK rocketed by more than 100%.

BQ Magazine, Qatar | 2016-04-06

Qatari passport 51st most powerful in the world

The Qatari passport has been ranked the 51st most powerful in the world, according to the latest Passport Index released by residency and citizenship solutions firm, Arton Capital. Qatar has a visa-free score of 75 and an individual ranking of 97.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2016-04-06

UAE passport tops GCC list for visa-free travel

This year's Passport Index, compiled by the financial advisory company Arton Capital, placed the UAE passport at 60 in the list, with Emirati's eligible for visa-free entry to 80 countries and visas on arrival at 40 more.

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates | 2016-04-06

UAE passport ‘most powerful’ in Gulf region

UAE's passport has been, yet again, ranked as the most powerful passport in the Gulf region, according to the latest edition of Arton Capital's Passport Index - a ranking system to reveal the benefits of each passport from around the world.  

7 days, United Arab Emirates | 2015-12-21

UAE wealthy among top aid donors – but “it’s not enough”

"Ultra-high net worth" Emirati philanthropists donate an average of $10.2 million each over the course of their lifetime, according to a report.The UAE was ranked in the top 11 countries for donations by study authors Wealth-X and Arton Capital. But they and the UNHCR said claimed more is needed in light of the global refugee crisis.

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates | 2015-12-21

Rich Emiratis donate on average $10.2m to charity

Emirati ultra high-net-worth, or UHNW, philanthropists donate on average $10.2 million per person over the course of their lifetime as super rich across the globe gave away $112 billion in 2014, a new research has revealed. According to the report by Wealth-X and Arton Capital, UHNW individuals globally donate $112 billion to charity each year, about 18 per cent of total philanthropic giving, which was just over $625 billion. Billionaires are responsible for a large share of this giving, donating $75 billion annually.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2015-12-20

Wealthiest Emiratis donate more than $10m during their lifetime

Some of the wealthiest Emiratis donate more than US$10 million each over the course of their lives, a study has found. These ultra-wealthy philanthropists are defined as those who have net assets of at least $30m.The global figure for such individuals is $28.7m, the report by Wealth-X, a global wealth intelligence provider and Arton Capital, an international financial advisory showed yesterday.

Huffington Post, USA | 2015-12-17

How The Ultra Wealthy Are Helping Amid The Refugee Crisis

While politicians continue to spar over the best way to handle the refugee crisis, many of the world’s wealthiest people have already come to an agreement on how to aptly address the situation. They’re opening up their wallets to provide food, shelter and security.

National Post, Canada | 2015-12-11

America’s Billionaire Entrepreneurs Give Nearly US$180 Million In Lifetime, More Than Other UHNW Donor Groups

America's billionaire entrepreneurs give, on average, US$179.5 million per person to various causes during their lifetimes — more than any other ultra high net worth (UHNW) donor group — according to a new report by Wealth-X and Arton Capital that also looked at the giving trends of ultra wealthy individuals and how the wealthy are currently giving back to the refugee crisis.

Fortune, USA | 2015-12-11

This Is a New Favorite Cause of the Super Rich

Self-made billionaires in the U.S. are giving the most to charity, donating on average $179.5 million per person over their lifetime, according to a new study. In contrast, the typical ultra high net worth (UHNW) philanthropist worldwide gives $28.7 million over his or her lifetime.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2015-10-29

A new passport in the market: Saint Lucia

A new citizenship-by-investment programme was launched by the Caribbean island Saint Lucia, opening for applications on 1 January, 2016.

St. Lucia Times, Saint Lucia | 2015-10-26

St. Lucia Announces its first Citizenship by Investment Programme

Saint Lucia’s first citizenship by investment programme was announced last week at Arton Capital’s 3rd Annual Global Citizenship Forum, by the country’s Prime Minister & Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2015-05-11

UAE passport ranks first among MENA countries

The UAE passport has risen in the ranks of a global passport index following the announcement of visa-free travel for Emiratis to Europe last week. The passport jumped from 47th place to 31st in Arton Capital’s Passport Index, placing it first among countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Market Watch, USA | 2015-04-20

Which passports are the best (and worst) to have?

How “powerful” is your passport? This is the question that the folks at Arton Capital have set out to answer. Arton, an advisory firm that helps people take part in citizenship and residency programs for investors, has created the Passport Index, which ranks travel documents based on how many countries their holders can visit without having to obtain a visa in advance.

Focus Online, Deutschland | 2015-04-17

Das ist der mächtigste Reisepass der Welt

Welcher Reisepass ist der mächtigste Welt? Diese Frage hat die Finanzberatungsfirma Arton Capital in einem Ranking beantwortet. Kriterium dabei: In welches Land können Reisepass-Inhaber ganz ohne Visum oder mit einem leicht zu beschaffenden Visum einreisen.

Spiegel, Deutschland | 2015-04-16

Visa-Regelungen: Die besten Pässe für Vielreisende

Deutschen steht die Welt offen, Burmesen oder Äthiopier dagegen haben erhebliche Visa-Einschränkungen. In einem Vergleich aller Reisepässe schneiden vor allem europäische Staaten sehr gut ab - und drei asiatische Länder.

Le Monde, France | 2015-04-16

Quel est le passeport le plus « fort » ?

Si vous aimez les passeports, leurs couleurs, les pictogrammes exotiques et sigles étranges qui apparaissent en couverture, vous aimerez sûrement passer un peu de temps sur le site Passeport Index, qui recense les documents de presque tous les pays au monde.

The Washington Post, USA | 2015-04-15

A ranking of the world’s ‘most powerful’ passports

Visa requirements are an interesting but overlooked indicator of international relations. Most countries require non-nationals to get visas before they enter their borders, but the requirements can differ a lot.

Design Taxi, USA | 2015-04-14

This Website Displays And Ranks The Passports Of The World

‘Passport Index’ is an interactive online tool that “collects, displays and ranks the passports of the world”. Arranged neatly according to a ‘power ranking’, the website shows you how powerful a country’s passport is.

CityLab, USA | 2015-04-13

Passports, Ranked by ‘Power’

Browse the world's passports by color, country, and most crucially, how many countries citizens can travel to without a visa.

ZIZ Online, St. Kitts & Nevis | 2015-02-12

Antigua-Barbuda citizenship by investment programme ranked first in the region

Global immigrant investment company, Arton Capital, has ranked Antigua and Barbuda’s citizenship by investment programme first in the region in its recently published semi-annual update of its Arton Index – the industry benchmark for global residence and citizenship programmes as perceived by investors.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2015-02-10

Passport to overseas success

As some areas of the Middle East lurch deeper into political tumult, wealth managers, law firms and financial brokers are earning big money as they advise on and manage the wealth of Arabs seeking citizenship in other countries through investment programmes.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2014-11-24

Navigating Global Citizenship

Government leaders and immigrant experts from Canada, the Caribbean, US and Europe gathered in Toronto for the second annual Global Citizenship Forum

Wealth-X News, Singapore | 2014-11-18

Wealthy Chinese Look Beyond The American Dream

"Chinese have traditionally dominated residency programs and they will now start to dominate the programs for citizenship over the next five years, because some countries are limiting Chinese applications,” predicts Armand Arton, CEO, Arton Capital.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-10-25

Caribbean passport: Gateway to Canada, Europe

Some of the most accessible citizenship programmes in the world are offered by countries in the Caribbean. And some of these programmes have just become even more accessible.

Bloomberg Businessweek, USA | 2014-10-10

Global Residence and Citizenship Council Announced

Wealth-X accepts the founding chair position for the newly-announced industry association. The non-partisan, not-for-profit body will address the opportunities and challenges of the movement of global citizens, which has intensified in the last decade.

TD Waterhouse, Canada | 2014-10-10

Global Residence and Citizenship Council Established

"The Global Residence and Citizenship Council will protect the reputation of the industry and serve as solid ground for the development and maintenance of best industry practices," Armand Arton, CEO of Arton Capital, one of the founding members and the brainchild behind the council.

CNBC, USA | 2014-10-05

How much do the ultra-rich give to charity?

The Wealth-X and Arton Capital Major Giving Index, which tracks trends in UHNW charitable giving, rose to 220 in 2013 - the highest level since the global financial crisis, and only 12 points below the all-time high of 232 set in 2006.

Wealth Professional, Canada | 2014-10-03

Arton Capital tempts HNWIs with tax holidays

A two-day Global Citizen forum in Toronto has attracted a wealth of political leaders and industry magnates who are interested in the hottest of alternative investment options.

WealthManagement, USA | 2014-10-03

The Wealthy are Giving More

Charitable giving by the rich has almost bounced back to pre-crisis levels, and some $86 billion in bequests are expected over the next 10 years.

Global News, Canada | 2014-10-03

Studying the rich on giving back

Much of the world’s wealth is controlled by a pretty small pool of people and getting them do to some good with all that cash is what an unusual conference in Toronto is all about.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-09-30

Quebec immigration window extended

Details regarding Quebec Investor Programme explained by Armand Arton, president and CEO, Arton Capital.

Arabian Business, United Arab Emirates | 2014-09-18

How the Ukrainian crisis could cause tremors in the Gulf

According to a recent report by Arton Capital and Wealth-X, estimates that 6 percent of second passport applications are from Russians. The reasons for exploring this avenue remains specific to the individual but it is likely to be the draw of Immigrant Investor Programs and Citizenship by Investment Programs that attract them to consider dual residence and citizenship.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2014-09-11

The End of Canada’S Golden Ticket

The decision to terminate the 25-year-old Canadian Immigrant Investment Program (IIP), which attracted global entrepreneurs and investors from China and the Middle East, will benefit the European Union most, according to immigration experts.

Iafrica, South Africa | 2014-09-08

Visa red tape hurting SA investment?

The key to citizenship by investment is the long-term ties it creates is something that’s passed through generations - not only the business of the investor will be involved in with the country but the business of his children and grandchildren.

Yahoo Finance, USA | 2014-09-08

Toronto Proud to Host the Second Annual Global Citizen Forum

Prime ministers, government officials, international minds and industry leaders will gather at the Four Seasons in Toronto to share their vision on global citizenship. The future of global migration governance will be challenged and discussed by policy makers, industry leaders, and business strategists.

Campden FB, UK | 2014-07-30

Investor visas: The keys to the world?

Straitened economic times have brought a new lease of life to a well-established concept: investor visas. Cash-strapped governments looking for more ways to shore up their tax base and international investors seeking more global opportunities.

Mondaq, UK | 2014-07-28

Cyprus: Super Wealthy Opt For Second Citizenship

The Report "A Shrinking World: Global Citizenship for UHNW Individuals" conducted by Wealth-X, a leading UHNW prospecting and intelligence firm, and Arton Capital, global citizenship experts, offers a closer analysis of this trend, comparing various investment immigration schemes and exploring the reasons driving UHNW individuals to change citizenships or apply for a second one.

Spice4life, South Africa | 2014-07-24

Global Citizenship

Armand Arton, the CEO and founder of Arton Capital about financial industry, creativity and how to think outside the box. “The philanthropy side of finance is how it can be used for the greater good”.

Dubai Media Incorporated, United Arab Emirates | 2014-07-16

Firas Kaysi on Dubai Media Incorporated

Mr. Firas Kaysi, Vice President at Arton Capital, discussing Wealth-X and Arton Capital's report "A Shrinking World: Global Citizenship for UHNW Individuals" (in Arabic).

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-07-13

Canada Alert: Quebec cancels ‘lucky draw’ for investors

A major reshuffle of the highly anticipated Investors Programme of the Canadian province of Quebec is in the making and is soon to be announced. The changes are expected to lead to a bigger time frame for applications, but may mean more pressure on applicants to submit the correct documentation.

Executive Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2014-07-08

Lebanon’s financial sector braces for FATCA

The countdown is on, with just a month to go before the United States’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) goes live on July 1. Aimed at curbing tax evasion by American citizens, an estimated 26,000 foreign financial institutions (FFIs) around the world will have to be FATCA compliant or be shut out of the US financial system.

CNBC Africa, South Africa | 2014-06-20

The Pros of Granting Citizenship to Foreign Investors

Countries are realising the potential of offering citizenship and residence to foreign investors to boost their economic stature. CNBC Africa speaks to Armand Arton, CEO, Arton Capital for more.

Travel Ideas, South Africa | 2014-06-20

Your ticket to a foreign passport

Imagine a world free of visas, application fees, long queues at customs and intimidating officials: a world where as a global citizen you can choose where you want to live and work. With R10-million the world can indeed be your oyster.

Gulf Business, United Arab Emirates | 2014-06-14

Why The Middle East’s Ultra Wealthy Are Seeking Second Citizenship

For all the instability on its western banks, the Middle East had a good 2013 when it comes to individual wealth. Second citizenship offers greater stability and security, tax efficiency and ease of travel, among other benefits, say experts.

National Turk, Turkey | 2014-06-06

St. Kitts & Nevis’ten Türk yatırımcılara çağrı

Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis inaugurated the launch of Arton Capital’s operations in Turkey at a gala dinner co-hosted by Arton Capital and Sen International in Istanbul.

CNN Money, USA | 2014-06-04

Why the rich are ditching their home country

Increasing numbers of the wealthy global elite are saying goodbye to their home country and taking up residence elsewhere in an effort to preserve their riches.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2014-05-25

Here’s how you can become a European citizen

The ultra-rich from around the world find plenty of opportunities in the investment programmes of Europe, where both residency and citizenship would automatically lead to visa-free travel across the Schengen zone.

The Daily Observer, USA | 2014-05-13

Antigua & Barbuda’s CIP Ranked Sixth

Antigua & Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) has been ranked as the sixth most attractive in a new global report.

Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates | 2014-05-07

Middle East’s ultra-rich eye second nationality

American singer Tina Turner enjoy the benefits of global citizenship programmes, renouncing her US passports to live in Switzerland. But the ultra-rich in the Middle East stand to gain even more from a second citizenship than merely a nice view and some tax perks.

Leadership, South Africa | 2014-04-09

The global citizen

The ideal world is a place without boundaries and limitation — where people can live and move freely and as they please, says Armand Arton, President and CEO of Arton Capital

Independent Online, South Africa | 2014-03-06

Borders open for wealthy business people

The business people from South Africa who have investments in selected European, Caribbean and North American states can now use their investments to obtain citizenship there and access more than 100 other countries without visas.

Opulent Living, South Africa | 2014-03-01

Empowering global citizenship in Africa

Owning a foreign passport has become a relatively painless process for many of the world’s high net-worth individuals who are seeking second citizenships for various reasons, including flexible investments options, wealth and estate planning or even just the freedom to travel.

Arton Capital | 2013-09-19

Global Citizen Forum 2013 – Overview

Global Citizen Forum 2013 was held on September 12, 2013 at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

Arton Capital | 2013-09-17

Global Citizen Forum 2013 – Executive Summary

Global Citizen Forum 2013 was held on September 12, 2013 at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

The National, United Arab Emirates | 2013-09-14

Middle East property investors embrace St Kitts citizenship perk

Property developers in the Caribbean Island of St Kitts are benefiting from rising demand from Middle East investors seeking visa-free travel perks. “The freedom to travel the world visa-free is a key element,” said Armand Arton, the president and chief executive of Arton Capital.

Gulf Business, United Arab Emirates | 2013-09-12

UAE “Does Not Have To Provide Citizenships”

Countries have become brands, and brands that strategically connect with stakeholders enjoy foreign investment, said Armand Arton, CEO and president of Arton Capital during the GCF 2013, Dubai.

Emirates 24/7, United Arab Emirates | 2013-08-26

Global Citizen Forum to premier in Dubai next month

The Global Citizen Forum, which is a platform for exchange between all relevant Global Citizen stakeholders in an effort to build awareness, educate and promote the concept as a way of life, is set to take place for the first time in Dubai.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2013-04-01

Investing for US Citizenship

For foreigners, the EB-5 presents a relatively safe and attractive investment model, but more importantly, it provides the means to a passport over a five-year period, explained Nicolas Salerno, VP of Arton Capital.

Nacla, USA | 2012-12-21

Selling Citizenship in the Caribbean

Due to the decline of the traditional sugar and banana exporting industries, many cash strapped Caribbean islands have been resorting to an unusual and controversial method to raise revenue - offering citizenship.

The New York Times, USA | 2012-10-31

Island Havens for Investment Citizenship

In the past five years, political and economic conditions in the Middle East and North Africa, such as the financial crises of 2008 and of course the Arab Spring, were the key factors explaining the phenomenal increase of demand for residency and citizenship by investment programs.

Global Citizen Magazine, United Arab Emirates | 2012-10-01

The benefits of being kittitian

Immigrant investment programs in St. Kitts and Nevis are boosting the country’s economy while also offering new citizens many travel and tax benefits.

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